Ever heard of Övertorneå? After reading this article, you may want to move there. The Swedish town is on the map for one of its city councillors, a man named Per-Erik Muskos, who is currently advocating for a one-hour sex break for Övertorneå residents during the workday.
"There are studies that show sex is healthy," he says. Science appears to agree with him. It's good for the immune system, lowers blood pressure and can ameliorate bad emotions.
Muskos hopes that his proposed sex break is "aimed at improving people's relationships." He also says that the "municipality is suffering from reduced population and the deficit of births."
"This means that childbirth should be encouraged. When sex is also an excellent form of exercise with documented positive effects on well-being, the municipality should kill two birds with one stone and encourage employees to use their fitness hour to go home and have sex with their partner."
Swedish workers are already granted a one-hour break to exercise. Muskos is arguing that sex constitutes enough exercise to justify devoting the fitness hour to it.
Muskos has proposed a motion to put the sex break on the books. He says the motion will pass, because there's "no way to verify that employees do not use their hour for other purposes than spending time with their partners or spouses."
"You can't guarantee that a worker doesn't go out for a walk instead," he says. He encourages employers to just trust their workers.
Muskos hopes that both single people and people in relationships will be able to capitalize on the sex break to actually have sex.
It's important to note that the breaks would be paid. The notion of being paid to have sex for an hour without having to be a prostitute is probably appealing to just about every human being that's currently alive.
It wouldn't be the first time Sweden embraced a seemingly extreme lenience in managerial doctrine. Swedes are known to take multiple "fika," or coffee breaks, throughout the day to relax and munch on sweets. Sweden also offers 480 days of paid parental leave to be shared between parents. They have also experimented with implementing a six-hour work day, for which employees are paid a full eight hours' wages.
Sweden is absolutely not perfect, but it does beg the question why we are so deeply terrified of social democracy in America. If Bernie Sanders offered us an hour of paid breaktime every day to go home and have sex with our partners, the election might have turned out differently.